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Archive | March, 2011

iPad 2

iPad 2 Our iPad 2 review is a work in progress. Here are our initial findings… Just under one year ago, Apple shocked the computing world with a 9.7-inch touchscreen tablet that few truly expected. Some called the original Apple iPad a large-format iPhone. Others berated the name and made jokes that were not remotely  Full Article…

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Linn Akurate system

Linn Akurate system World-famous conductor Herbert von Karajan’s response, on being introduced to the delights of the compact disc in the early 1980s, was “All else is gaslight”. It’s a great one-liner, but was he right? Wasn’t CD little more than a digital version of the vinyl LP anyway, with a laser replacing a stylus?  Full Article…

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Spendor SP2/3R2

Spendor SP2/3R2 Spendor arrived on the scene at the beginning of the 1970s, bringing a strong BBC heritage along with a number of interesting innovations that its competitors arguably didn’t fully appreciate. One of the most significant among these was a radical approach to enclosure design. The theory goes as follows: building an exceptionally stiff  Full Article…

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Sony KDL-32EX403

Sony KDL-32EX403 Positioned beneath Sony’s flamboyant NX flatscreens, the EX line is squarely aimed at mainstream Sony TV buyers. These are not screens designed with cost-no-object electronics and from a cosmetic standpoint are more Ugly Betty than Heidi Klum. However they’re difficult to resist when common sense budgeting takes precedence over runaway indulgence. This particular model  Full Article…

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iOS 4.3

iOS 4.3 The latest revision of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 4.3, sneakily arrived on 9 March – a couple of days before its official release date. iOS As with other versions of iOS, many of the changes are minor, but there are nonetheless fairly major updates to Home Sharing and AirPlay, along with the introduction  Full Article…

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Shure SE535

Shure SE535 There are three types of earphones; those that look good, those that sound good, and those that look and sound awful. The Shure SE535 earphones sit firmly in the second category. Stylish and good-looking they are not, but they do sound utterly fantastic. At £350 they’re certainly not cheap. If you’re looking for  Full Article…

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Samsung UE55D8000

Samsung UE55D8000 is arguably the most eagerly anticipated TV of 2011 and it only takes a cursory glance at its design and spec sheet to see why. Samsung UE55D8000 It gets closer to dispensing entirely with a bezel than any previous set: the frame around the UE55D8000’s gaping 55-inch screen is just 5mm wide, an achievement that  Full Article…

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Sony BDV-E870

Sony BDV-E870 For those looking for a one-stop home cinema solution, affordable all-in-one systems such as the Sony BDV-E870 will always appeal. BDV-E870 And the new breed do much more than just squirt out Blu-ray pictures (including 3D) and BDV-E870 5.1 sound – this black plastic ensemble will stream your music, video and pictures from a networked  Full Article…

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Sony Bravia KDL-40NX703

Sony Bravia KDL-40NX703 Sony’s Monolithic TV styling is sported here by the KDL-40NX703 and is all about towering minimalism. The bezel is finished in a single layer, with a glass topsheet unifying the bezel and the screen and the rear end is slim at just 64mm. Bravia You can get the TV in either black or  Full Article…

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Dreambox DM500 HD

Dreambox DM500 HD A few short years ago, Dream Multimedia – progenitor of the Linux-based set-top box – started ‘downsizing’ its products. Literally. Many of the company’s single-tuner receivers were shrunk to something not much bigger than an old-school videocassette, and powered by an external mains unit. They ranged from the DM100, a basic non-Linux  Full Article…

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